NFL Game Summary - Detroit at Philadelphia|
(Sunday, October 14th)
Final Score: Detroit 26, Philadelphia 23 (OT)
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Jason Hanson tied the game in regulation
and won it in overtime as the Detroit Lions took a 26-23 win over the
Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field.
Hanson went 4-for-4 and also added two extra points to move past John Carney
into third place on the NFL's all-time scoring list.
Matthew Stafford was off for much of the game, but he led the team on three
scoring drives in the fourth quarter and the game-winner in overtime. He
finished the game 22-for-45 with 311 yards, one touchdown and one interception
for the Lions (2-3), who won for the first time since opening the season with
a win over St. Louis. Stafford also ran in a score.
"It's huge because we really needed this," said Detroit defensive end Kyle
Vanden Bosch. "We just needed to play well and get back on track."
Calvin Johnson was also quiet for much of the game, but he finished the
contest with six catches for 135 yards while Nate Burleson caught a score for
Detroit, which snapped a six-game losing streak to Philadelphia.
Michael Vick was picked off twice, sacked three times and hit hard on
several other plays, but did throw two touchdown passes and finished the game
28-for-46 with 311 yards. He also had a team-high 59 yards on nine carries,
but it wasn't enough to stop the Eagles (3-3) from losing their second
straight game going into their bye week.
Hanson tied the game with a 19-yard field goal with just three seconds left,
but Philadelphia began the extra session with the ball.
Vick, though, was sacked on consecutive plays to force the team into a 3rd-
and-31 and the Eagles wound up having to punt from their own 4-yard line.
Stefan Logan fielded the ball at his own 39 and ran it to the midfield mark.
He was stripped of the ball, but it took a lucky bounce back into his arms
while he was on the ground and the Detroit offense went to work.
Stafford hit Tony Scheffler for 16 yards on the first play, but a 10-yard
holding penalty pushed the team back. Johnson, though, caught a 17-yard pass
on the next play to get the Lions in field goal range. After a pair of runs,
Hanson booted the ball in from 45 yards out for the win.
"Every guy in that locker room never stops fighting and that's what got us the
win today," said Stafford. "We can't make it this hard on ourselves every
week. We understand that. But at the same time, a win is a win in the NFL and
they don't always come easy."
Philadelphia started the second half with the ball and a one-point lead, which
the team built on as a 15-play, 72-yard drive was capped on a 26-yard field
goal from Alex Henery for a 10-6 advantage with 8:23 to play in the third.
Detroit went three-and-out and had to punt, with the Eagles getting the ball
back at their own 36. The team got down to the Detroit 3 and appeared to have
a score when Brent Celek caught a pass in the end zone, but he was called for
pass interference and the Eagles ultimately had to settle for a 32-yard field
goal from Henery for a 13-6 lead with 3:39 to play in the third.
Following another three-and-out from Detroit, the Eagles again added to their
advantage as a 49-yard field goal from Henery made it a 16-6 game early in the
The Lions finally got their offense on track on their ensuing touch as
Stafford capped a seven-play, 80-yard drive with a scramble into the end zone
around the left side to make it a 16-13 game with 10:30 to play.
On the first play of the ensuing drive, Vick was picked off by Chris Houston,
but the Lions were unable to take advantage of the gift and ultimately had to
Philly struck quickly, as on the third play Vick found Jeremy Maclin wide open
over the middle and he took it 70 yards into the end zone for a 23-13 lead
with 5:18 to play in the game.
Detroit answered less than two minutes later on a 17-yard touchdown catch by
Burleson from Stafford. The play was set up on a 57-yard catch by Scheffler on
a long bomb down the right sideline.
A three-and-out from Philly saw the Lions get the ball back at their own 32
and a 17-yard catch by Johnson moved the ball across midfield. Another
Johnson catch of 16 yards was initially ruled out of bounds, but a replay
reversed the call. Detroit got down to the 1-yard line, but was unable to
punch it in and a 19-yard field goal from Hanson sent the game to overtime.
"We've got to find a way to close the game," said Philadelphia running back
LeSean McCoy. "I felt we had the game in control. To lose like this is a sick
The first points of the game went to the Lions thanks to a 48-yard punt return
Each team went three-and-out to start the game and Logan fielded a punt at his
own 18. He took it up the middle, kicked it out to the right and went 48 yards
to the Eagles' 34. However, the Lions were unable to move the ball and Hanson
booted a 46-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead with 11:03 left in the first.
Another three-and-out from Philadelphia saw Detroit get the ball back at its
own 20 and three straight first downs moved the ball across midfield. After a
pair of false starts, Johnson caught a high pass over the middle for 28 yards.
An unnecessary roughness call to Detroit saw the team face a 2nd-and-21
and after failing to convert, Hanson hit a 34-yard field goal for a 6-0 lead
with 3:58 left in the first.
Philadelphia put together a drive on its next touch and got down to the
Detroit 29. Vick was in the shotgun on a 2nd-and-7, but he wasn't even looking
at the center as the ball was snapped and the Lions' Stephen Tulloch fell on
the ball at the Detroit 45.
The Lions were unable to take advantage, though, as a deep pass into the end
zone for Johnson was picked off by Nnamdi Asomugha and the Eagles got the ball
back at their own 20.
Following another exchange of punts, Philly got near midfield, but Louis
Delmas, playing his first game of the season, picked off a deep Vick pass.
The Lions converted a couple of first downs, but were unable to get close to
scoring position and the Eagles got the ball back at their own 21.
Philadelphia was finally able to put together a scoring drive as the team got
into the end zone when Vick hit McCoy near the line and he took it in from two
yards out for a 7-6 lead with 1:16 to play in the half. Two plays before, a
pass interference call on Detroit had moved the ball to the 3-yard line.
Logan's 48-yard punt return was a season-high ... Detroit committed 10
penalties in the first half and finished the game with an NFL season high 16
for 132 yards ... Philadelphia defensive tackle Fletcher Cox was thrown out of
the game for throwing a punch at a player on the extra point attempt after
Detroit's first touchdown ... Hanson now has 2,074 points in his career. He
needed just three coming into the game to pass Carney ... Detroit plays in
Chicago next Monday night ... Philadelphia will host Atlanta two weeks from
Sunday ... Mikel Leshoure led the Detroit running game with 70 yards on 15
carries ... Philadelphia safety Nate Allen left the game with a hamstring
injury ... Detroit cornerbacks Jacob Lacey (concussion) and Bill Bentley
(shoulder) left the game.
10/14 18:11:12 ET